Police investigating the disappearance of Karen Buckley have confirmed a body discovered near Glasgow is the missing student.
Miss Buckley, from Cork, was reported missing after a night out in Glasgow on Saturday.
The 24-year-old's body was found at a farm to the north of the city following a four-day search.
A 21-year-old man is expected to appear in court on Friday in connection with her death.
Det Supt Jim Kerr said: "We cannot imagine the pain and suffering of Karen's family and friends and our thoughts are with them at this very sad and distressing time."
Det Supt Jim Kerr read a statement on behalf of Karen Buckley's family The police officer thanked members of the public in Ireland and Scotland for their assistance, and described their efforts as "very, very helpful".
Det Supt Kerr also read a statement on behalf of Karen's father John.
It said: "Marian and I, together with our sons Brendan, Kieran and Damian, are absolutely heartbroken.
"Karen was our only daughter, cherished by our family and loved by her friends. She was an outgoing girl who travelled the world where she met lots of people and thoroughly enjoyed her life. We will miss her terribly.
"We would be very grateful if we could now be left alone to grieve with her family and friends."
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